This refusal is part of the pattern we have come to be acutely aware of. People who want to prove that something about themselves is important, by using the "MS" patient as a convenient way of flexing their bureaucratic muscles. Insurance companies who find the pigeonhole to be convenient and temporarily profitable as well. "MS" is used as an excuse for all kinds of questionable behaviour. I think many still believe in eugenics. In the early nineteen-sixties, forced sterilization was practiced on people assessed as "morons", by others who had power over them. Even today, universal health care, one of the benefits given most Canadians, is only available if you are a submissive and cooperating patient.
I can understand those who make cranky or annoying people wait longer, say, for emergency-room treatment. They have to limit scarce resources, and it sometimes insulates them from abuse. The discrimination against pw"MS", in contrast, is a reflex reaction, because there is a 150-year record of treatment failure, and because the victims, being dead, are never in a position to argue. Even supreme court judges get into it. Some, I believe, think that the only good solution is birth control. Like some rock song said when I was in high school: "What you gonna do about me?" Too late for abortion or sterilization, by a few decades. Wait it out, if you are in government, or a competing drug vendor. Sometimes I think this must all be just a bad dream, but then I remember.
The bottom line is, bad drainage will make you sick, anywhere in your body, whether you have "MS" or not. It is discrimination.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience
I am not a doctor. Do not take anything I say as medical advice.